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Ex-SGPC chief Jagir Kaur acquitted in daughter's murder case

IANS  |  Chadigarh 

In a major relief to and former SGPC Jagir Kaur, the and on Tuesday acquitted her in a case involving the mysterious death of her daughter

The high court set aside the order of a CBI special court which convicted Kaur and sentenced her to five years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on her in March 2012.

She was convicted of forcible abortion, wrongful confinement, abduction and criminal conspiracy against her daughter.

A division bench comprising Justice and Justice Kuldip Singh, pronounced the order on Tuesday, set aside the earlier conviction.

Kaur was of the (SGPC), the mini-parliament of religious affairs, in 1999-2000. She was the first woman to head the cash-rich organisation.

She was also a in the headed by Chief Minister before being forced to resign following her conviction.

She was lodged in the prison.

The had cleared her of the murder charge of her daughter although the (CBI) had named her for the murder conspiracy.

Jagir Kaur's daughter Harpreet Kaur, 19, had died under mysterious circumstances on April 20, 2000 following which she was cremated hastily by the family members.

No post-mortem was conducted. The was in power at the time.

Harpreet had allegedly angered her mother and other family members by secretly marrying a youth, Kamaljit Singh, who belonged to a lower caste.

Kamaljit belonged to Begowal village in district where headed a cash-rich Dera (sect).



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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 14:06 IST